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Bernard P. White, 87 years old, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania died Saturday in Chandler Estate, Pen Argyl. His wife of 46 years was the late Marie Frances (Kelly) White.

Bernie lived a long, fulfilling life. He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Pittston and was raised in West Pittston, the second of three children, son of the late James and Alice (Martin) White.

He was a 1947 graduate of Pittston Area High School and joined the Navy shortly after graduating high school, serving during the Korean Conflict. His service took him to Cuba and the Caribbean Islands, but he always ended up in Boston after the ship dropped anchor. It was there that he met his beloved wife, Marie.

Shortly after leaving the Navy, Bernie was hired as an apprentice at the historic Watertown Arsenal, and quickly moved his way up through the ranks. He was very proud of having worked on parts for the Saturn rockets in the 1960s. Bernie later moved his family back to Pennsylvania, and eventually took up residence in Clarks Summit. He continued his work at the historic Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, retiring in the late 1980s.

A lifelong member of the Catholic Church, Bernie attended parochial schools and was a member of Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green.

Bernie loved to golf and was a frequent visitor at the original (and secondary) location of the Markowitz Brothers Tobacco and News Center. He became friends with the owner, Sidney Markowitz, and his family, and was happy to lend a helping hand when needed.

He is survived by his son, Bernard and wife, Donna, of Stroudsburg, PA; his sister, Alice June Chivers, of Hazleton, PA; a granddaughter, Kelsey White and fiancé, Rob Seaman, of State College, PA; and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brother, James White.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated onTuesday at 10 a.m. at The Church of St. Gregory, 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green, PA. Burial will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Cemetery, 250 High Street, Waltham.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, c/o Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.